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by SparkleMotion
Wed May 08, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Getting a real job at a real school without experience
Replies: 90
Views: 21026

Re: Getting a real job at a real school without experience

^ good advice. Just note that with a provisional license you would not be able to teach in New Zealand. Hawaii would also require you to obtain their license as provisional licenses don’t transfer.
by SparkleMotion
Wed May 08, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Getting a real job at a real school without experience
Replies: 90
Views: 21026

Re: Getting a real job at a real school without experience

I only have experience working abroad in business and as a TEFL teacher, so take what I have to say with a grain of salt. Most of what I’m about to write is based on research and not real experience, so other teachers will be better equipped to respond. That being said — I think CELTA will not be en...
by SparkleMotion
Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Anyone adopted while teaching internationally?
Replies: 6
Views: 2264

Re: Anyone adopted while teaching internationally?

Are you adopting a special needs child? I was under the impression that single women could only adopt special needs and older children in China. How are you meeting their requirements for an extensive support network as an expat living there? Sorry I don’t have any feedback, just wondering about the...
by SparkleMotion
Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Job sites for NQT's
Replies: 10
Views: 3364

Re: Job sites for NQT's

@Zebra750

Just out of curiousity, what kind of compelling argument did you make?
by SparkleMotion
Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:07 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Feeling like I want to move my family back home
Replies: 29
Views: 6496

Re: Feeling like I want to move my family back home

California is a big place with a wide array of economies. What area are you looking at? It sounds like you have your mind made up. I’m really concerned that you are going to be super broke. Do some research on median salaries in your target market and housing costs. I’ve never heard of a single-earn...
by SparkleMotion
Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: International Pension Recommendations
Replies: 22
Views: 5968

Re: International Pension Recommendations

My background is in international banking / finance, but my plan is to mostly invest in low-cost index funds (Vanguard comes to mind). I’m an American with steady available capital for contributions and a lot of time for interest to compound and to see markets steadily increase. That may not be your...
by SparkleMotion
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Forum 2. Ask Recruiting Questions, Share Information. What's on Your Mind?
Topic: FREE TUITION FOR DEPENDENT KIDS - KUWAIT, OMAN. SAUDI
Replies: 8
Views: 6240

Re: FREE TUITION FOR DEPENDENT KIDS - KUWAIT, OMAN. SAUDI

The usual suspects are going to come here and tell you that, with three dependents (two kids and a dependent spouse), that you basically carry the mark of the beast and that no one will hire you based on your two kids and your trailing spouse. They’ll also tell you that being specific about the coun...
by SparkleMotion
Fri Mar 01, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Science Teacher without Science Degree?
Replies: 1
Views: 1105

Science Teacher without Science Degree?

I’ve posted before about trying to make a mid-term plan for transitioning to international school teaching. Separate question that I’ve been pondering - I’ve gotten a lot of feedback about teaching at international schools, often peppered with the “if you had a STEM certificate” tips. I’m planning t...
by SparkleMotion
Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Laziest Students in Asia?
Replies: 36
Views: 7481

Re: Laziest Students in Asia?

Thames Pirate wrote: > Anecdotal data is data, sure, but it is generally not sufficient for > justification of claims as it often does not hold up to the scientific > method and is influenced by things like confirmation bias. > > Anecdotes showing exceptions happen are fine for their purpose; they a...
by SparkleMotion
Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: Forum 2. Ask Recruiting Questions, Share Information. What's on Your Mind?
Topic: Why intl schools promote diversity but do the opposite
Replies: 16
Views: 11595

Re: Why intl schools promote diversity but do the opposite

shadowjack wrote:
> My school is the former too - thank goodness!

On the bright side, maybe not being white Americans will help us weed out the less internationally-minded schools!
by SparkleMotion
Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Forum 2. Ask Recruiting Questions, Share Information. What's on Your Mind?
Topic: Why intl schools promote diversity but do the opposite
Replies: 16
Views: 11595

Re: Why intl schools promote diversity but do the opposite

Thames Pirate wrote: > shadowjack wrote: > > At a school with lots of people from many places in the world. Skin color > > is no barrier. Sexual orientation might be, if public... > > This is true if the school is truly internationally minded. It is not true if the > school is international in name ...
by SparkleMotion
Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Laziest Students in Asia?
Replies: 36
Views: 7481

Re: Laziest Students in Asia?

Heliotrope wrote: > sid wrote: > > Racist? > > It's culture, not race. > Korean culture is very (VERY) focussed on getting good academic results, but I'm > quite certain it has nothing to do with their race. > And as mentioned by @muguet, school culture can also make a big difference, or > certain s...
by SparkleMotion
Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Advice Needed - 3-Year Transition to International Schools
Replies: 24
Views: 5033

Re: Advice Needed - 3-Year Transition to International Schoo

sid wrote: > He generally keeps going forever. You can block him from your feed; you > wouldn’t be the first. > Don’t let it worry you. Take the good advice you’ve gotten and move > forward. You seem to have your priorities straight and your thinking clear. > > Good luck. Thank you! I didn’t know th...
by SparkleMotion
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Advice Needed - 3-Year Transition to International Schools
Replies: 24
Views: 5033

Re: Advice Needed - 3-Year Transition to International Schoo

So, you're saying there are no extracurricular activities in primary schools abroad? My school had various clubs and programs, and the school I attended was no gem. I'm hoping to get involved with / begin activities revolving around community involvement, children's theatre, chess, etc. I have next ...
by SparkleMotion
Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Advice Needed - 3-Year Transition to International Schools
Replies: 24
Views: 5033

Re: Advice Needed - 3-Year Transition to International Schoo

shadowjack wrote: > Sparkle, > > not a naysayer, but a realist. OK - you have all these certs, but no > experience. So when you apply, you are all over the place. Or else you only > list one certification and not the others, tailoring yourself for a > position. > > I think looking to get that first ...